Ex-Chipolopolo striker Linos Chalwe has backed coach Wedson Nyirenda’s hard stance against erring players aimed at instilling discipline in the squad.
Nyirenda has axed striker Fwayo Tembo and midfielder Clatous Chama from the national team on disciplinary grounds.
Fwayo declined to feature in the away friendly against South Africa in June, while Chama refused to sit on the bench after being substituted during last month’s CHAN qualifier against Swaziland in Lusaka.
Chalwe, the General Secretary of the Footballers and Allied Workers Union, said it is vital that players are disciplined.
“Discipline is paramount in anything one would want to achieve. I support what the coach (Nyirenda) is saying. Discipline is very important in any field,” Chalwe said .
“On Clatous, you don’t do that (refusing to sit on the bench), a lot of people were watching. Players need to lead by example. They are role models,” the former Green Buffaloes and Napsa Stars forward said.
“We will try to educate them on their conduct, fair play and the academic part of football.,” Chalwe said.
Chalwe was once detained in the guard room at Arrakan Barracks for days after going out of the country for trials without permission while at Buffaloes.
“Minus discipline you can’t achieve anything.”